Late Saxon and Viking Art

Late Saxon and Viking Art

Late Saxon and Viking Art

Late Saxon and Viking Art

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If this book has merits, they are due to the help I have received from my many most generous and ingenious colleagues. In particular, I acknowledge my indebtedness to Francis Wormald, who has instructed me in the matter of the manuscripts, to Dr. F. Saxl, and to Sir Alfred Clapham, who has encouraged and corrected me with a characteristically kindly wisdom in all the essays that I now present to the reader. As in the preface to the first volume, I have to thank many incumbents, librarians, and curators, for allowing me to take photographs, and also the editors and authorities who have given me permission to reproduce illustrations, the source of which is named in the list of plates and figures; and I must thank especially the Editors of Antiquity and the Council of the British Archaeological Association for letting me make use of material in two previously published papers. I should like, furthermore, to record how much I owe to Robert Freyhan, Ernst Kitzinger, Lawrence Stone, and Margaret Wrigley, and all my other friends who have accompanied me in the survey of the stone crosses, a task in which we were assisted by an ample grant from the Leverhulme Trustees. In this matter it is a duty to record with gratitude how much I have learnt from the wise and charming writings on the Northumbrian crosses by the great antiquary, Mr. W. G. Collingwood, whose works and, especially, his great series of drawings, still remain the foundation upon which all studies of these carvings must be built. Finally, I acknowledge an irredeemable debt to my colleague Elizabeth Senior, who was killed in 1941, for she gave me invaluable assistance with her camera and her sketch-book, and I know well that her sensible suggestions and courageous opinions have brightened and improved almost every chapter I have written. Flet tamen admonitu motus, Elissa, tui.

T. D. K.

BRITISH MUSEUM 1948 . . .

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